According to Roker Report, Sunderland rejected a bid for record-signing Didier Ndong yesterday. Interest in the Gabon international would ordinarily be a good thing for the Black Cats purse, but any proceeds from a sale will be paid to former owner Ellis Short and won't boost Jack Ross' transfer coffers.
Stewart Donald has already confirmed to A Love Supreme that the cash raised from selling Ndong will be paid to Short. That arrangement was part of the original deal that Sunderland's new owners negotiated to buy the club from the American financier. Serie A side Torino have been repeatedly linked with the player as have Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in the last week or so.
Short had hoped to recoup the money he invested in Ndong when the midfielder joined Watford on loan in January. That move included a sell-on clause should the 24-year-old play a single minute in the Premier League for the Hornets. If Watford had ended up buying him, the money would have been paid to Sunderland's then owner.
In the end, the Sunderland-owned player found himself restricted to unused substitute appearances and no deal to buy him from Sunderland was ever triggered. Ndong wafted away into the summer and has never returned to Wearside. Presently AWOL, perhaps the Black Cats are saving on having to pay his wages.
Should Sunderland finally agree the sale of Ndong, the proceeds will presumably be wired to Short in installments owed to him from Donald for the purchase of SAFC.
He may have been the Black Cats record purchase, but Ndong has been a huge disappointment since he arrived at the Stadium of Light two years ago. Initially struggling to adapt to the Premier League, the midfielder fared little better in the Championship and his attitude has been repeatedly called into question.